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Hot Rod Jazz God, Part 2: An Open Letter to Rod Stewart

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Um, Mr. Stewart, if you're reading this, first I want to apologize. In the past I wrote some things that you may have found slightly offensive.Like those bits about harmless Uncle Rod who shows up on holidays with a bottle-shaped microphone and comparing your interpretation of standard jazz melodies to a bull in downtown Pamplona. Sorry, mate. I take it back. I admit I was bitter.Bitter because I'm a jazz musician. And like most jazz musicians, ...

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Rod Stewart: Rod Stewart: Just One of Those Things: Rod Stewart Salutes Mel Torme

Read "Rod Stewart: Just One of Those Things: Rod Stewart Salutes Mel Torme" reviewed by Ken Dryden

After several volumes of standards from the Great American Songbook, sixtyish rocker Rod Stewart is still loved by many of his female followers, though most seasoned jazz fans dismiss him as an aging rocker desperately seeking a new audience. On this date, the English singer attempts a series of songs either written or recorded by none other than Mel Tormé, though a number of major labels showed no interest in this project. As a result Stewart formed his own label ...

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Rod Stewart: Hot Rod, Jazz God

Read "Rod Stewart: Hot Rod, Jazz God" reviewed by Jason West

That smirk. That roguish, self-satisfied, da-ya-think-I'm-sexy smirk. It's back and getting bigger everywhere you look. On Leno. On Letterman. In fashion magazines. Holiday TV specials. What's next--a Super Bowl halftime smirkfest?2000 should have been the end of The Smirk. His rock star career, which started in swingin' London during the late 1960s and peaked artistically in 1971 with Every Picture Tells A Story, skyrocketed with the disco craze. Eighties hip-pumping video hits strengthened The Smirk's sex-symbol status, before ...


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